Man deliberately drowns his two severely autistic sons by driving car off Los Angeles pier to claim $6 million insurance money
The accused, identified as Ali Elmezayen, reportedly came up with the sick plan two years before he sent his Honda crashing into the Port of Los Angeles on April 9, 2015
A man from California was charged with insurance fraud after he deliberately drowned his two autistic sons by driving his car off a pier in the state. Reports state that the 44-year-old father of the two boys killed them so that he could cash in on a $6 million insurance policy, according to prosecutors.
The accused, identified as Ali Elmezayen, reportedly came up with the sick plan two years before he sent his Honda crashing into the Port of Los Angeles on April 9, 2015, the New York Post reported.
FBI agent Matthre Parker, in an affidavit supporting the accused's arrest, last week wrote: "Witnesses heard the tires of the car screech loudly and saw the car accelerate before it flew off the edge of the wharf, crash into the water and immediately sink."
Elmezayen, according to federal investigators, spent nearly a quarter of his $24,000 salary on a $6 million insurance policy for himself, his longtime partner Rabab Diab and his three sons. Prosecutors said that the 44-year-old allegedly also made repeated calls to the insurance company to ensure that they would not investigate a claim made over two years after the policy was written.
Ali Elmezayen is believed to have intentionally drove off a dock in San Pedro on April 9, 2015, two years after he purchased 7 accidental death insurance policies federal officials said https://t.co/14ikqLJreW— KTLA (@KTLA) November 13, 2018
The incident resulted in the death of eight-year-old Adbelkarim and 13-year-old Elhassan. The children were reportedly severely autistic and could not swim. They were eventually found by rescue workers strapped into their car seats, according to reports.
The father of the children, while talking to the investigators, said that he may have accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. Shortly after the incident, he sued the City, Honda and Jiffy Lube for negligence, however, his suits were rejected.
Reports stated that the father's window was open at the time of the plunge and he surfaced from the water within 30 seconds and swam to a ladder on the pier. Elmezayen's partner, Diab — who could not swim either — was also in the vehicle and was rescued by a fisherman while she was screaming: "My kids! My kids!"
Fisherman Ray Prince, after the incident, said: "The poor lady was screaming hysterically. I thought she was going to drown."
Ali F. Elmezayen, 44, is scheduled to appear in downtown Los Angeles before a U.S. magistrate judge. https://t.co/EMAHz2Pwlq— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) November 13, 2018
Prosecutors said that the incident occurred two years and 12 days after the final policy came into effect and that the father of the three children collected over $260,000 in insurance payouts for his sons' deaths and even wired over $170,000 back to his native Egypt.
The Los Angeles County district attorney reportedly said that there was not enough evidence to bring murder charges against the father. A police mechanic found that the brake pedal of the Honda did not work properly, however, he could not establish whether it was a problem before the car plunged into the water or it was because of corrosion from the salt water.